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NHL Central Division Captains, Ranked Worst To First

By Colin Likas
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 11, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Blackhawks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The NHL’s Central Division has some good captains, but how do they stack up against one another?

What makes a good NHL captain is a point of much contention. Chicago Blackhawks fans would argue the stoic leadership and strong two-way play provided by Jonathan Toews works just fine. St. Louis Blues fans, up until recently, would have told you a gritty, fighting captain who takes one for the team is all well and good.

But really, it’s very difficult to rank the league’s captains based on any specific criteria. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try with the NHL’s Central Division.

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Today, we take a look at the division’s seven captains and rank them on what they bring to the table and what success (or failure) they’ve led their respective teams to, as well as what they can bring their teams moving forward.

Now this is a very interesting conversation because three of the division’s teams have named a new captain this offseason. That doesn’t just mean those guys will be ranked seventh through fifth, though. None of those three guys are new to their teams, so they’ve brought something to the table before now.

Next: Captain No. 7

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